RS Trickett Mini Sprint, Work in Progress with Neville Trickett.

cimg9328aAnother weekend another Mini Project.

With a trip down to Normandy with the current RS MK 1 Mini Bodyshell and a pre-arranged booking with Neville Trickett, the RS Trickett Mini Sprint is moving forward.

” I am really fortunate to be able to get in contact with Neville and for him to work on our Mini and make it into a Trickett Mini Sprint” commented Russell.

“Sarah and I drove to Beslon, Normandy with a Flatbed Truck to meet up with Neville & Lara at Le Chateau de St Fraguaire, where the Mini will be modified by Neville [now 82 years old] in the front room of the 16th Century building. The 1963 MK1 Shell just fitted through the double front doors, on a dolley and wooden runners,” he continued.

cimg9337The Chateau, come Workshop, will be home for the RS Mini Sprint for the next 5 weeks.

The Shell has spent the last 6 weeks at RS Fabrications undergoing extensive work, new Floor and Boot Panels, RH Rear 1/4 Panel, Inner Wheel Arches, Door Skins and complete Front End with new MK 1 Bonnet. As we know, you cannot purchase a new correct MK1 Shell, even from the Heritage, so the work involved is the only alternative.

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After Blasting the Shell, the Mini spent 6 weeks at RS Fabrications with Fabricators manufacturing Body Spits and a Supporting Triangulated internal Frame. The Frame was then welded into the Door Apertures, prior to removing the floor and boot panel to hold the shell together. All other panels were Spot Welded/Mig Welded into place in succession, before the scheduled departure to France last Friday, via Cherbourg.


Hard to believe that 50 odd Years later Trickett is still producing the Sprint, a far cry from 1965 with Neville [Right] seen here having a casual chat with Sterling Moss.moss-ms-e side-view-ms-egallery-1479479727-gt-sprint-pic-3s-1a

The results are amazing, as seen in these period pictures, with Russell & Sarah looking forward to the return trip to France to collect the Sprint from Neville & Lara.

More Details to follow:-

Silverstone Charity Morning Out, Ton Upp [100 UPP Reg] Reunited

cimg9139Russell & Pete came together again over the 100 UPP reg number, currently on the RS 550 Spyder.

On a previous adventure, Russell & Pete collaborated, manipulated & fought, for the registration number 100 UPP, with the goal to extract the registration from Pete’s grasp,!!

” It was over a 2 year period that I had to debate and haggle with Pete over the number plate, the one that he had previously owned for 39 years” said Russell, ” so it was only fitting for Pete to be reunited with 100 UPP at the charity event, at Silverstone with Black n Rounds, even though the reg was on the RS Spyder and not Pete’s MKII Jag” !!

Pete drove the RS 550 Spyder from Towcester to Silverstone, with Russell taking on the duties with N440 RS, The RS Fabrications 4.3 Aston Martin Vantage, [traction control off]!!


David Lane was in attendance with his immaculate White 912 Porsche, so fun for all.  Well we say that, but David, the previous owner of the RS 550 Spyder [Obviously without 100 UPP Registration Plate], looked in dismay at the attention the Spyder was getting, especially with the new RS fabrications Performance Exhaust System.

I’ve never seen a grown man cry in public when he sees his previous” commented Russell ” but maybe it has something to do with David’s lack of sleep, and the 10 week old Baby Lane” he continued. At least not as bad as the Grouse Shooting adventure, Lol!!


cimg9133aBack at RS Fabrications, work continues with all sorts of fabrication work. Jensen Interceptor Bodyshell manufacture is moving forward with Qty 2 Bodyshells under construction and Mercedes [Top Secret], Wipac and Individual Customer work being undertaken.

Mrs V seems quite happy with her Porsche Boxter S, KISS SJV obviously, so it seems like the Smart Car will have to move on, no loss there then!!



Jensen Interceptor work continues with RS Fabrications in Towcester [Body Preparation & Paintwork], and in Banbury with Jensen International Automotive, Vehicle Build, Road Test & Commission of High Quality Jensen Interceptor Performance vehicles.


Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445 for further information.

alternatively,  Durran Heslop, at Jensen International Automotive

Much Ado about Nothing!!

jensen_may_4th_2017__17100 UPP was in the workshop for a new equal length RS Fabrications exhaust. Ben 10 performed the magic and produced a special performance exhaust for the Martin & Walker 550 Spyder, Russell’s latest acquisition!!

“Ben was tasked to fabricate the Exhaust System for the Spyder, and to be fair the detail was second to none, as expected” Russell reported ” the primaries being of equal length, along with the custom silencers, was a challenge to fit into the 550,s chassis/engine configuration, but completed to the highest standard in the workshop!” 

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Happy days, as the install was completed in time for a run to the trimmer for a new Tonneau Cover, fitted by “Jerry the Trim” down in Weston on the Green.

cimg9065On another note, a recent trip to Santa Pod with the Jensen International demonstrater ended in a “no recorded time” finish.

Michael helped with setting the Vehicle up with Video & Data recording equipment, and with a few practice launches under his belt, Russell proceeded to the start box, after a brief tyre warming process. Green Lights and 480 BHP off the line, the poor Salisbury Diff said “enough is enough” and left for the day!! Bugger!!

Back to the Jensen International Automotive workshop, where the JIA Technicians changed the differential for a suitable replacement for the next adventure.

To be fair KEA 29N has received relentless abuse at various racetracks around the country, so it was time for some TLC back at Jensen International, differential, vital signs etc.

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Production continues on the Jensen Interceptors, with full on bodyshell manufacture at RS Fabrications in Towcester and intense vehicle assembly at JIA in Banbury, with 9 Vehicles currently under construction, normally aspirated, supercharged and 4 X 4 variants.







A new Supercharged Jensen Interceptor demonstrator is in the JIA build schedule for The Goodwood Festival of Speed, at the end of June, and a rare RHD Convertible Jensen Interceptor has become available for sale, reluctantly from the owner.

With only 86 RHD Convertibles being manufacture in period, it is a very desirable and sort after modern interpretation of the Classic Jensen Interceptor Convertible.

Please contact Durran Hislop at JIA for further Jensen sales information :-

0845 519 5265

01844 210652



RS Fabrications & Jensen International Automotive Joint Venture

cimg8761aRS Fabrications and Jensen International Automotive have formed a partnership in the manufacture of the Jensen Interceptor, currently being built at the JIA facility in Banbury.

Russell, Sarah and David Duerden [JIA MD] have enjoyed a long business relationship over past 8 years with various components being manufactured at RS Fabrications , Towcester, see previous web updates.

“Exciting times on this collaboration” commented Russell, “RS Fabrications have taken over the body shell rebuilds on all vehicles, incorporating a dedicated Bodyshop at RS Fabrications, and I will be sharing my management duties between RS Fab and JIA, with Sarah & David supporting me at both facilities”. he continued.


cimg8714aThe Business Association started at the Race Retro 2017 Show at Stoneleigh, back in February, with the launch of new product.

The Porsche GT2 was a project undertaken by JIA, with RS Fabrications taking on the duties with the Turbo, Intercooler & Exhaust installation on the 650 BHP 911.

Russell was present on the Jensen Stand with David Duerden and Durran Heslop [JIA Sales/Marketing], liaising with customers and fellow industry associates throughout the weekend, along with a steady stream of Motorsport/Classic Vehicle Enthusiasts over the 3 day event.

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The Range Rover, currently under construction in Banbury, will be on display along with the GT2 and Jensen Interceptors at Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, with Jensen International Automotive displaying a 3 Vehicle lineup over the 4 day event.

For Further information please contact:-

Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445

Altensativley, David  or Durran on 0845 519 5265 at Jensen International Automotive,





Racing Season Opener with Roll Cages at RS Fabrications

cimg8653aAt RS Fabrications there has been a run of Roll Cages and Exhaust Systems in preparation for the 2017 Racing Season.

Morgan Aero 8 previously had a rear cage but a full FIA Approved Cage was required, with additional A Pillar/Roof bars and removable Side Impact Bars.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for high powered race cars to compete with just a Rear Cage.

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Aston Martins have become increasingly popular for Roll Cage installation.

Working from RS Fabrications Templates, the Tubes are bent up to Motorsport Specifications and Cages are Fully Tig welded onto vehicles/bodyshells, with mounting points and gussets fabricated as required.

All cages are supplied with Material Certification for FIA or MSA.


Feel free to contact Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445 for you Roll Cage requirements.

2016/2017 at RS Fabrications, wake me up before you Go Go!

cimg7220aE-Type Jaguar 40 FN has been back into RS Fabrications for the full FIA specification Manifolds and Exhaust sytem.

Regular contender at Goodwood, equal length manifolds were fabricated and  Qty 2 full systems have been completed.

Silenced  Twin Centre Rear Exit System with an alternative straight through Side Exit Twin Open System, and with Ben 10 taking over the fabrication duties on the Series I Jaguar, the balanced Systems have been designed, fabricated, Gas Purged and Tig Welded to the highest standard at the RS Fabrications Workshop, 2 Brackley Road.


Moving from 2016 into 2017 is a busy time at RS Fabrications, with Vehicle Fabrication, Formula 1 equipment commitments, and general Racing Car Component manufacture.cimg8523

David’s 911 is under construction with a full car build, details to follow, and with the rule changes in F1, some equipment has become obsolete so replacements have to be manufactured. Also with the logistical nightmare associated with the Formula 1 Season, sea freight items have to be accounted for, manufactured and delivered prior to shipment. For an example, the first Sea Freight has been dispatched for the Initial Championship Race, Melbourne, Australia March 26 2017. Some Sea Freight containers have yet to return from last seasons Formula 1 Championship Races, as one year rolls into the next relentlessly.


cimg8473aOther pending fabrications include Racing Intercoolers, Radiators and Fuel Tanks, for a Project that is currently under raps.

New RS Fabricator, Chi, has been taking on the duties on this project. and with his excellent Fabrication & Welding Skills, Chi has become a valued member of the RS Team and having worked with Russell previously, he has fitted in nicely at the RS Facility, Towcester.



Feel free to contact either Russell or Sarah during 2017 on 01327 354445 for all you Metal Fabrication requirements.

Jensen Interceptor production with Jensen International Automotive

Jensen Interceptor Exhaust production continues at RS Fabrications.

Working with Jensen International Automotive, RS Fabrications manufacture a number of components for the Jensen restoration projects.

JIA specialise in the installation of the Corvette engine’s into donor Interceptor’s and the performance exhaust system was developed and supplied by RS Fabs.

The current order was for Qty 2 full exhaust sytems, manifolds back, and the parts have been manufactured from current tooling.

RS Fabrications also supply the Fuel Tanks, and the Exhaust System is unique in that fact that if passes through the center of the fuel tank due to limitation in packaging on the Interceptors.

” The standard of finish on these Vehicles is astounding”, commented Russell. “and we have to produce products that are manufacture to the same high standard, which is what we do at RS”.

JIA are currently producing a new prototype Range Rover, built on a Discovery chassis and packing 580 BHP. They have commissioned RS Fabrications for a long list of fabricated components currently in process.  The Vehicle is in paint as we speak, web update and details to follow.

For more information contact:-


Jensen International Automotive 0845 519 5265/01844 210652

Alternatively, feel free to call Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445

Skoda Superb III 4×4 Journey, ending at RS Fabrications

What do you call a Skoda with twin tailpipes?

A wheel Barrow!!!   Good job its a Family 4 Door saloon not a convertible or else it would be a Skip!! circa 1980!!

Bloody hell!, this Skoda, less than a year old, is Ballistic, trust me!

What started life as a 280 BHP Superb has morphed into a Savage 520 BHP Rocket Ship!!

Steve, normally seen lapping up the sun in the Med, had other ideas about his Vehicle. Family, family saloon? Not Steve!!

The journey that started with small increments, 323, 340, 345, 368, and a massive jump with a Hybrid Turbo to 460, ended up at RS Fabrications with 505.

Full Cat Back System, Qty 2 silencers in the centre section with a 1 into 2 split, ending up with twin silencers on the rear section and twin rolled in slashcut tailpipes finished in Satin Black.

” We managed to get another 15 BHP out of it with our system and trust me, the acceleration at 520 with 4×4 in a family saloon was astounding. I took Sarah out for a run and she asked me to slow down as it was making her feel sick, that is the extent of the power in this Vehicle!! ” commented Russell

A quick blast up the strip at Santa Pod, produced a 11.4 E.T., not bad for a run to Tesco’s for some milk!!

Out with the family, things are regular, or as regular as they can be!

“Steve, what is that noise our car is making?”

“I’m not sure Darling, must be something with the VAG mapping issues, soz!, but it seems a lot better after my recent trip to RS”

Happy Days, this a brutal 520 BHP Family Saloon……………… not bad for a Wheel Barrow!!

For further information please call Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445.

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Performance Upgrade for Dennis

Straight off the back of the Burghley Aston Martin Charity Event, Dennis arrived at the RS Fabrications facility in Towcester last week for a pair of RS 200 cell Catalytic Converters for his 4.7 Vantage, a popular performance upgrade for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

A quick tour of the workshop, and Ben 10 took on the duties for the installation on the vehicle.

Dennis & Russell jumped in the RS N440 Vantage, a Road Test for Dennis, and a trip off to Greatworth Park to meet with David Appleby. David gave Dennis the tour around the GT4 Aston Martin Vantages that he is currently running in the British GT Championship, along with other projects at the David Appleby Engineering Workshop.

Back at RS Fab the installation was complete, so it was out in the 4.7 for the Road Test.

A quick blast up to the Silverstone Innovation Centre was enough to put a smile on the face of Dennis and a chat about other performance upgrades for his Aston Martin Vantage.

Dennis works off shore and splits his time 50/50, but he will be back to RS, first available!!

Call Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445, for your Aston Martin performance upgrade requirements.

Burghley House, Aston Martin Day Out!

Another splendid day spent at Burghley House with David Appleby Engineering and customers past and present.

David Appleby Engineering is the leading installer of the RS Fabrications Aston Martin Performance Product, Manifolds and Tuned Exhaust Systems, this was chance to have a fun charity day out for the DAE workforce, the GT4 Race Team, and all the  1000+ Aston Martin Owners present at the event.

Matthew George was on hand to explain the finer points of driving the Astor Martin GT4, much to Sarah’s delight, but she has had a previous at Silverstone with DAE and the British GT Championship a few weeks ago!

On top of the racing side of things, RS Fabrications still produce the best Aston Martin Performance Product on the market, but as with everything, you get what you pay for!!

Also on hand was N0 23 of the 24 Aston Martin Vulcan,s built.

This Vulcan attracted a steady stream of enthusiasts and some were treated to the occasional “Fire Up” by Stuart, the vehicle owner.

Well, a splendid day out all in all, with continued support for Aston Martin Owners in pursuit of quality performance product for their vehicle.

Do not hesitate to call Russell or Sarah on 01327 354445, at the RS Fabrications manufacturing facility in Towcester.

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